Known as the 'silk city', the small town of Bhagalpuri, located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, has gained international recognition for its special brand of silk. Bhagalpuri silk, often also referred to as tusser silk, is a much sought after saree material by woman globally.
A Town of Weavers
A tradition and talent passed on from generation to generation, the weaving of Bhagalpuri silk is a craft that is almost 200 years old. The city has approximately 35,000 weavers with around 25,000 looms. It is a major source of income for the inhabitants of Bhagalpur, with scores of citizens being involved in the process of separating silk from the cocoons.
What Sets It Apart
While silk sarees are much sought after by women not just in India, but in all parts of the world. What sets Bhagalpuri silks apart from others is its unique weaving and dyeing methods. Crafted from silk worms of the moth genus Antheraea, the threads are removed in an eco-friendly manner that does not harm the silk worms. The kindness of this method has also earned the silk the name ahimsa or non-violent silk. The patterns that are traditionally found on Bhaglpuri silk sarees are paisley prints, peacocks, lotus prints and other natural elements.
The light-weight and crease-free characteristics of this fabric make it great for both office wear and for other formal occasions.